What to expect with your first lip filler appointment
We love doing lip filler! It’s become very popular and a great non-surgical way to perk up thin lips, even out lips that are asymmetric and provide fullness to an already full pout. If you’re a first timer for filler in your lips, here are a few helpful hints on what you can expect:
Taking your health history: we will spend time learning about your health history to make sure you’re a good candidate for filler. Often, we can do the treatment the same day as your consultation. In a few cases, we may need to provide pre-treatment medication, especially if you’re prone to cold sores. Several days of anti-viral medications will help prevent a breakout and your filler can be scheduled a day or two later. With Covid and Covid vaccines, we will need to schedule your lip filler at least 2 weeks after your final vaccine or once you’ve recovered.
Discovering Your lip goals: along with your health history, we will learn about your lip fullness goals. There are a variety of shapes, sizes, and fullness of lips. For some, minor augmentation is their goal. For others, the bigger the lips, the better. Once your goals have been determined, we can formulate a plan to get you to that goal. For those desiring fuller lips, layering of filler on multiple appointments might be needed.
Photos: we will take before photos your treatment and maybe some immediately after. This way, we can check our progress! Before and after photos are a lot of fun.
Apply numbing medications: We offer numbing medication for all patients that are undergoing filler. The filler also comes pre-mixed with lidocaine, a medication that provides additional numbness.
Choosing the right filler for you: There are many different options for lip filler, most of which are composed of hyaluronic acid: which is produced naturally in your body and is very safe for injections. Once your goals have been established, we can choose the filler that helps get you to those goals.
The actual procedure: lip measurements may be taken to help with the planning and placement of your filler. Once your fully numb, the procedure will be completed, and you will be on your way to fuller, more beautiful lips.
Post treatment: Ice, ice baby! We will have you put some ice packs on your lips for a short period to help control swelling and bruising. Even with ice, you will have swelling and perhaps some bruising, both of which are temporary.
How to care for your lips after your lip filler: fortunately, lip injections are pretty low maintenance and there is not a lot you need to do after your procedure. Ice will help alleviate some swelling and bruising but not all of it. You may feel like your lips are too full initially, but don’t panic. That’s just swelling and after a few days, as the swelling subsides, you will begin to see the results. We do not recommend massaging or manipulating your lips in any way (unless specifically directed so by your provider).
Follow-up appointment: we love to see your results. While we know it is not always easy to get back to the office for your follow-up, we encourage it and will take some final post procedure photos for your chart.